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The Best XXL Freshman Classes, Ranked

Following the 2021 XXL Freshman Class announcement, we're ranking all 14 XXL Freshman Classes from best to worst. Every year (except 2008), the hip hop magazine features the hottest up and coming rappers. While some have gone to have successful rap careers, others have fell off and disappeared. Which year had the best XXL Freshmen? 

While the 2016 XXL Freshman Class includes popular rappers, like Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Lil Dicky, and Lil Yachty, the 2011 XXL Freshmen had Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, YG, and Mac Miller. Other good XXL Freshman years are 2010 (J. Cole and Wiz Khalifa), 2014 (Chance the Rapper and Ty Dolla Sign), and 2012 (Future and Danny Brown).

Vote up the best XXL Freshman Class roster based on their careers after being featured on the cover.

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    1

    2016

    Lil Uzi Vert
    Lil Yachty
    Kodak Black
    Denzel Curry
    G Herbo
    Dave East
    Lil Dicky
    Anderson Paak
    Desiigner
    21 Savage

      6,230
      2,754
      Is this the best XXL Freshman Class?
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      2

      2010

      J. Cole
      Pill
      Nipsey Hussle
      Freddie Gibbs
      Big Sean
      Wiz Khalifa
      OJ da Juiceman
      Jay Rock
      Fashawn
      Donnis

        4,152
        1,816
        Is this the best XXL Freshman Class?
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        3

        2011

        Meek Mill
        Big K.R.I.T.
        Cyhi the Prynce
        Lil Twist
        Yelawolf
        Fred the Godson
        Mac Miller
        YG
        Lil B
        Kendrick Lamar
        Diggy Simmons

          4,036
          1,779
          Is this the best XXL Freshman Class?
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          4

          2013

          Schoolboy Q
          Trinidad James
          Joey Bada$$
          Ab-Soul
          Logic
          Action Bronson
          Kirko Bangz
          Travi$ Scott
          Dizzy Wright
          Angel Haze
          Chief Keef

            3,285
            1,492
            Is this the best XXL Freshman Class?